10 Tips for the Solo Cruiser

Solo Cruising Tips

I always get so excited whenever the word cruise comes to my mind.  It is by far one of my favourite ways to travel solo.

Safety Lifeboats onboard the Royal Princess
Lifeboats Onboard the Royal Princess

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Niagara Falls: A Winter Paradise

Niagara Falls; winter wonderland

Are you tired of the freezing cold that winter brings?  Or do you revel in the magic of a winter paradise?  If the answer to one or both questions is “yes”, then hop in your car and head to the Canadian border city of Niagara Falls.  Whether you go for a quick getaway for the day, or spend the weekend, Niagara Falls has just as much, if not more, to offer in the winter months than it does in the summer months.

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Solo Travel – Bursting That Bubble

Planning as a Solo Traveller

What keeps you from travelling solo?  Or from doing anything solo for that matter?  Fear? The majority of the time, the answer is fear, plain and simple!  Fear of the unknown.

We are all protected by our little bubble and very seldom do we find the courage to step out of that bubble into the world of the unknown, no matter how strong our desire is to do so.  I am here to tell you that bubble can be burst!

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Surviving Airport Chaos

OMG!  Am I the only one who arrives at the airport in the middle of the night in order to catch an early morning flight?  I swear, I am there early enough to turn the runway lights on!

In what I call my “prior life”, the airport stressed me out so much that it would literally take my entire vacation to recover and relax from my airport anxiety.  I realized that this was crazy!  I stressed so much that I was a complete basket case before I even left home.  I decided that it was time to have a completely different outlook, and I decided then and there to change my mindset.  I now go into vacation mode the second I leave my house.  How do you do this you ask?  Simple…..read on….

 

Solo Travel

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The Skinny on Forest Bathing

Have you been lacking energy, unable to focus, or feeling stressed?  I highly recommend that you give forest bathing a whirl!

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Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoko, was developed in Japan as recently as the 1980’s and has become Japan’s primary preventative and healing medicine.  After giving forest bathing a try, I can understand why!

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The primary goal of forest bathing is to connect with nature through our senses.  We have to ditch the self phone and selfies are definitely out of the question lol.  In fact, this is one adventure that I strongly urge that you do solo.

Have I piqued your interest yet?  If so, keep on reading, as I am about to tell you how it works.

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The Fool Proof Packing Guide For Adventures in Alaska

Will you be visiting Alaska in 2019 either on a cruise or a self-guided adventure?  I recently did, and boy it was a difficult task in deciding what to pack.  I had no idea what the Alaskan meaning of “cold” was, which left in a dilemma as to what to pack.   I googled and googled and googled and all I could find was “layers”.   The definition of “layers” wasn’t exactly clear, so I brought a lot of everything with me.  Half of which I never wore.  It was at that time that I  decided that I would be making a fool-proof packing guide for adventures in Alaska, detailing what the adventurous person should be packing.  That was six months ago.  So better late than never.

The weather in Alaska can be very unpredictable.  The best times to visit are the summer months, which are June, July and August.  These are also the most expensive months.  If you want to go for cheaper, then I recommend going on the fringe months of May and September, which is what I did.  I have to warn you though, these months are also the rainy season in Alaska.

Waterfall
A waterfall we had to climb on our hike up to the Mendenhall Glacier

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Two Short Days in the Rocky Mountains

What better place to spend a weekend than in Banff, Alberta, Canada?  It was literally heaven on earth and two days just wasn’t enough time!  Since this was all I had, I was determined to experience as much as I could.  I arranged a 12 hour tour with Brewster Sightseeing Tours, so that I didn’t waste any time determining where to go and what to see.  The price was reasonable and I was guaranteed to experience the best that Banff and the Rocky Mountains had to offer.

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